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The Ceremony (1963)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 3 April 1964 (West Germany)
A bank robber is sentenced to prison for committing a murder during the robbery. His brother comes up with a plan to break him out of prison--but on the condition that his brother's girlfriend "date" him first.

Director:

Laurence Harvey

Writers:

Frédéric Grendel (novel), Ben Barzman (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... Sean McKenna
Sarah Miles ... Catherine
Robert Walker Jr. ... Dominic
John Ireland ... Prison Warden
Ross Martin ... Le Caq
Lee Patterson ... Nicky
Jack MacGowran ... O'Brian
Murray Melvin ... First Gendaime
Carlos Casaravilla ... Ramades (as Carlos Casarvillo)
Fernando Rey ... Sanchez
Fernando Sancho ... Shaoush (as Fernando Sanchez)
José Nieto ... Inspector
Noel Purcell ... Finigan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Albaicín Rafael Albaicín ... 7th gendarme
Barta Barri ... Death house guard
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Storyline

A bank robber is sentenced to prison for committing a murder during the robbery. His brother comes up with a plan to break him out of prison--but on the condition that his brother's girlfriend "date" him first.

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Shocking! . . . Savage! . . . Sensual! This is the Ceremony See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Frühstück in der Todeszelle See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevilla, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The credits list Robert Walker, when in fact, it's actually his son, Robert Walker Jr. See more »

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Hard to really like this film.
31 January 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I did not hate "The Ceremony" nor did I particularly like it. I think the biggest problem keeping me from really enjoying the films were the characters...I just didn't care about any of them. And, after a while I found my attention wavering.

When the film begins, Sean (Laurence Harvey) is about to be executed. It seems he was part of a robbery gone bad--and someone was killed during the robbery. However, and this makes no sense at all, some of the folks at the prison are lamenting how sad it is that they're going to kill the guy. However, he isn't executed, as hie brother (Robert Walker, Jr.) arranges for him to escape.

The most interesting thing about this movie is that the leading man, Laurence Harvey, not only starred in it but directed and produced it as well. While this wasn't always a bad thing, I do think Harvey overacted a bit when his character was in prison--and a different director might have gotten a different sort of performance. Additionally, the film suffers because I just didn't care on whit about anyone in the film and at times it seemed a bit lifeless, though the twist at the end was pretty interesting.


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